Associate Professor of English, Director of the University Honors Program
Hood House 205, UNH, Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 603-862-4728 Fax: 603-862-4837
Office Hours, 2012-2013: Mondays 1-3 & By Appointment
Spring 2013 courses
English 444D Honors: Irish Identity
Education and Interests
PhD, Duke University, 2003
My research and teaching is focused on postcolonial, economic, and book history approaches to Restoration and eighteenth-century literature, with a particular focus on the cultures of Ireland and the Anglophone Atlantic. My monograph, Swift, the Book, and the Irish Financial Revolution: Satire and Sovereignty in Colonial Ireland (Johns Hopkins UP 2010), won the 2010 Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book from the American Conference for Irish Studies. It argues that Jonathan Swift helped to mobilize the Irish print media for the promotion of Ireland’s cultural, political, and economic sovereignty. My new book project, entitled "Slavery and the Making of the Early American Library," studies how the transatlantic book trade - the purchase of London printed books by Americans eager for British cultural capital and identity - was enabled by the philanthropy of colonial slave traders and by the consumer habits of slave owners. I continue to work in Irish Studies, however, and have just edited and published “Ireland and Enlightenment,” a special issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies that explores the influence of Continental and British philosophy on Ireland and the rise of an indigenous Irish Enlightenment.
My articles have appeared in PMLA, Atlantic Studies, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, and other journals and essay collections. For one of these essays, I received the international Richard H. Rodino Prize from the Ehrenpreis Centre for Swift Studies in Münster, Germany. I have held fellowships from the John Carter Brown Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Fulbright program, Duke University, and UNH.
Swift, the Book, and the Irish Financial Revolution: Satire and Sovereignty in Colonial Ireland (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). (winner of the Murphy Prize)
Ireland and Enlightenment, a special issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies 45.3 (Spring 2012).
“Devouring Posterity: A Modest Proposal, Empire, and Ireland's ‘Debt of the Nation,’” PMLA 122.3 (May 2007): 679-695. (winner of the Richard H. Rodino Prize).
“‘Our Irish Copper-Farthen Dean’ Swift’s Drapier’s Letters, the ‘Forging’ of a Modernist Anglo-Irish Literature, and the Atlantic World of Paper Credit.” Atlantic Studies 2.1 (April 2005): 65-92.